Ethiopia (April-May 2012): Mekele-to-Lalibela-to-Debark trek (page 3 of 8)

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Map. (Click here to access the waypoints in Google Earth. Click on the map to get a better-resolution picture of it.)








1. Mekele

2. Melber

3. Adigueba

4. Samre

5. Finaroa

6. Sara

7. Chakra

8. Samara

9. Mailomi

10. Sekota

11. Wouala

12 Hass

13. Hava

14 Bilbela

15. Lalibela

16 Daria Johanes

17 Mari

18 Azila


20 Amusit


22. Tekeze river

23. Chinamba

24. Archwa


26. Salamiyi

27 Dorona



30. Debark


Between WP #6 (Sara) and WP #7.



A river with vegetable fields. Vegetables were very rare along the entire trek.



More landscapes between WP #6 and WP #7.





Village of Chakra on the edge of a cliff (WP #7).




Educative drawings in the school of Chakra.


Scenery soon after leaving Chakra.




Woman and her child.


Fields and terraces between WP #7 and WP #8.




Girls in the village of Samara (WP #8).



Young boys.


Woman and child.


Mulat keeping Samara′s children under control by entertaining them with stories and quizzes.





Values posted and taught in most schools across Ethiopia.


Sign in front of the police station in Samara.


In a teahouse in a village between WP #8 and WP #9.


Women and girls between WP #8 and WP #9.



Landscapes between WP #8 and WP #9.



Rest stop below an acacia.


Group photo at WP #9.


View from WP #9.


View of the town of Sekota (WP #10), with the mosque at the center of the photo and the main church on the far right (round conic roof). Sekota and (later) Lalibela are the largest towns we traversed during the entire trek.


Street of Sekota.


Big fig tree at the center of Sekota.


Fashion shop.


In a butcher shop. Note the dressed-up cashier with suit and tie. Using two curved knives, the butcher cuts meat into small pieces used to make tibs-injera dishes.


A surprisingly modern coffee shop in Sekota, with TV, expresso machine, a choice of alcohol, and the setting for the traditional coffee ceremony below the TV.


In a traditional tej (honey wine) house in Sekota. Honey wine (also called mead) is one of the humanity′s oldest alcohol drink, dating as far back as 3000BC. Greeks and Romans called it the drink of the gods.

″In circular vases with long necks, they had drunk a kind of unctuous mead, harmless in appearance, but that pleasantly blurred one′s thoughts.″ (From L′Abyssin, a novel by Jean-Christophe Rufin.)


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